Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
Of course Spanish sides care about 4th but they can afford to play without fear in the obscenely long Europa League format because their own league is so mediocre.
The battle for 4th in England is much tougher than anywhere else in Europe.
Fact is, if you looked at the champions league stats over the last two seasons there is plenty of argument to suggest that Gomez is a better goalscorer than Ronaldo. The only reason Ronaldo has more goals in that period is because he's playing in an easier league.
If you can imagine Zidane's touch combined with Pirlo's vision and Roy Keane's will to win then you have some idea of the genius of Diego Maradona.